Papeles de la morge (#9) (2003)
water drawing on Fabriano paper with water that has been used to wash dead bodies after autopsy
Classification:Drawing and Watercolour
Materials:Water, Paper, Fabriano Tiepolo Bianco paper
Credit:Presented by the Contemporary Art Society, 2014/15
Ownership history:Purchased from Galerie Peter Kilchmann by the Contemporary Art Society, 4 June 2014; presented to MIMA, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, 2014
Relationship:Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zürich MIMA (Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art), Teeside University
For the series of Papeles de la morgue, Margolles pulled a sheet of watercolour paper slowly through water previously used to wash corpses after autopsy. Organic substances such as blood, fat and hair which made their way to the body’s surface in the course of the examination cling to the absorbent paper. By immersing the paper in the water used to wash a body, the artist has created abstract and extremely moving anonymous portraits of the dead.
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